Barry Larkin – 1998 Fleer Ultra

April 10, 2011

Fleer Ultra – We’re Trying Too Hard

Fancy fonts, goofy pictures – Fleer Ultra was trying to wedge themselves between Upper Deck and Stadium Club.

It didn’t quite work.

Now, yes, it’s fun to see Larkin having fun. Lord knows 1997 was another disappointment for Barry with yet another injury and a sub-standard ballclub.

It would be really nice to see Larkin enshrined in the HOF. I think writers are too high and mighty up in themselves ‘protecting the gates of Cooperstown’ from…what exactly? The best players in the league? As far as I’m concerned, if you didn’t gamble on baseball, throw games, or bribe umpires, then there’s no reason not to be considered and voted in if worthy.

Larkin is 7th in career WAR for shortstops over 1000 games. Bill Dahlen is third. Let’s hope Larkin doesn’t have the wait Dahlen had (and still has)…

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